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Free choice subjectTreating context-blindness:
How to enlarge people’s perspective

A one-day course with tutor: Ezra Hewing

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Why this course is important

Context-blindness (caetextia) is a little appreciated problem yet it is often a major contributing factor behind many of the world's problems – it can aggravate volatile situations and destroy relationships, organisations and even environments.

This inability to see the wider picture arises whenever people operate solely, for whatever reason, from one of two mental modes: logical, straight-line thinking or thinking by random associations.

Having a good understanding of caetextia and what can be done to minimise it throws light on a wide range of often unhelpful behaviours that permeate every important sphere of human life. Strong emotions make us caetextic, for instance, and caetextia is also the one common denominator affecting everyone on the autistic spectrum.

Tutor, Ezra Hewing, originator of the ‘Cannabis Induced Caetextia Theory’, explores the brain-based, cultural and environmental causes of caetextia and, using fascinating exercises, provides activities that can improve our human ability to read context.

You will leave with a better ability to perceive caetextia in individuals and organisations, the knowledge of what is likely to be causing it, and most importantly, what you can do to restore the balance.



What you will gain from the day:

  • A solid understanding of 'caetextia' (from the Latin caecus, meaning ‘blind’ and contextus, meaning ‘context’) and why it is so important to know what it means for individuals and society
  • The three causes of context-blindness
  • The link between caetextia and autism
  • Recognising right-brain autism and why an inability to regulate emotions and focus on the concrete causes stress and exhaustion;
  • Successful strategies that promote the ability to appreciate context for Caetextia sufferers – at an individual level and also in couples, communities and organisations
  • Practical ways in which therapists, teachers, managers, policy planners etc. can apply this knowledge to their work
  • The opportunity to experience, through exercises, the effects of caetextia
  • Ways to improve communication with caetextic people
  • Context-blindness in action – the hidden costs
  • How an understanding of Caetextia and the REM state point the way to more effective management of Bipolar Disorder
  • Why target-driven cultures prevent people getting their innate needs met
  • Why the language used by leaders in business, public services and politics needs to be 'unpacked' and made more concrete
  • Why cannabis use increases the risk of developing mental ill health
  • Why hallucinogens give rise to psychotic thoughts.
  • What can be done to support drug-induced caetextia
  • Ways to create a balance between focused states of attention and the ability to appreciate the wider context  – a vital skill for the survival and effective functioning of individuals, communities and society
  • Course notes... and much more


What the programme for the day covers:

The 'Treating context-blindness' course starts at 9.30am and runs until 4.00pm.

The day's agenda

Registration: 8.30am to 9.30am (Tea or coffee served until 9.25am)

9.30am – Context blindness: Origins and manifestations

  • How an understanding of context-blindness better explains the dominant manifestation of autistic behaviour
  • Recognising right-brain autism and why an inability to regulate emotions and focus on things that are concrete causes stress and exhaustion
  • The three causes of context-blindness
  • The Tale of Three Brains: a powerful metaphor which enables us to perceive relationships and plan interventions
  • Experiencing caetextia – excerises

11.00am — Discussion over tea/coffee

11.30am – Context blindess in society and organisational culture

  • The need for meaning: pattern-matching and self-consciousness
  • How the target-driven culture in schools and workplaces prevents people from getting their innate needs met
  • Context-blindness in action – the hidden cost of benefit analysis (exercise)
  • Why the visions and metaphors of leaders in business, public services and politics need to be unpacked and made concrete
  • Why the focus on measuring the parts at the expense of the 'whole' undermines people's innate need for meaning and purpose

1.00pm — Lunch (included)

1.45pm – Counselling, psychotherapy and mental health

  • Examples of how context-blindness holds back the development of psychotherapy and psychiatry
  • Effective communication with caetextic clients in counselling and psychotherapy (exercise)
  • How an understanding of caetextia and the REM state point the way to more effective management of Bipolar Disorder

2.45pm — Discussion over tea/coffee

3.00pm – From substance misuse to optimum wellbeing

  • Cannabis-induced caetextia theory
  • Effective support planning for drug induced caetextia (exercise)
  • Why indulgence in 'spiritual' techniques can trigger neurosis, trauma and addiction
  • Why a balanced relationship between our innate resources provides optimum wellbeing.

4.00pm — Day ends

Sorry, this course is currently unavailable.
However, it can be booked as an
inhouse training day here


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